Senate Panel Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Senate panel has unanimously approved a bill paving the way for for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada.

The vote Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee means the bill now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

The bill sets the framework for the establishment and regulation of dispensaries in the Silver State. The facilities would be allowed to package marijuana into edible items, such as brownies.

Only registered medical marijuana patients or their caregivers would be able to purchase the drug. The bill says forging a medical marijuana registration card is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Republicans on the committee say that while they disagreed with the decision to make medical marijuana legal in 2000, they have to enforce a law established by the people.